Cladding Poised to Enter Into Green Deal Initiative

The government’s Green Deal Initiative has been rolled out and is aimed at homeowners so that they can retrofit various green or sustainable measures to their homes. It’ll be homes older than 90 years or so that’ll benefit from the scheme most, but more than half the dwellings in the UK will be eligible for some help.

At the moment the financial help is limited to £10,000, and many measures are included, like wall insulation in solid and cavity walls, loft insulation, door insulation and smart meters.

The idea is that once you’ve paid for, say, loft insulation, it’ll reduce your heat bills, and over time the money saved will be more than the money spent on installing the insulation. The target for the green measures paying for themselves is 25 to 30 years.

So much for the “energy out” measures – how about “energy in” equipment and fittings? These include solar panels for electricity, or for heating water or air. There’s also ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers to be had under this scheme. These sorts of technology use much less power – if any – to heat your home and your water, so after a few years of reduced bills they’ll have paid for themselves and become part of our lives. Hopefully, we’ll wonder why we ever used coal!

If you’re interested in taking part in the Green Deal initiative, you’ll need an accredited advisor to visit your house to see which equipment will work best for you.Green deal initiative - Eco friendly cladding

Your advisor will make suggestions and draw up a plan. You’ll find out which Green Deal providers are in your area and what they can offer. To be part of the initiative, a trades-person has to be properly qualified, and all the parts and equipment used has to be under warranty, which is reassuring.

One thing that is missing from this initiative, however, is wall and roof cladding, which is something of a mystery. Industry analysts are predicting that it will be included before too long, though.

Cladding panels, when used to form a roof or walls, can act as brilliant insulators. They can help to keep heat in a house in the winter, and to keep it cool in the summer. It’s estimated that up to 30 per cent of the heat lost from a house is through the walls. Obviously the roof and windows account for more heat loss, but 30 per cent is still significant enough to do something about.

The Insulated Render and Cladding association has said that its membership has grown by over thirty per cent in 2012 which shows a boost in the market.

It’s no wonder, then, that the UK’s Insulated render and Cladding Association reported its membership growing by a third in 2012, which means that more providers are thinking about wall cladding.

On average, installing cladding costs £8,000, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that this will pay for itself in 30 years. With a subsidy, or with Green Deal help, this repayment period could be reduced to 20 years, bringing it in line with the other measures offered.

Lizzy Johnson is the author of this Green Deal article. She writes on many topic and is very interested in the “green movement”.

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